In this blog, we break down 5 common mistakes that people make when facing criminal charges.
# 1: Making Decisions Without the Guidance or Advice of an Attorney
Perhaps the worst thing you can do when you are being charged with a criminal offense is to agree to terms without first discussing your case with an experienced lawyer. In this situation, you should really consider getting advice from a seasoned attorney who is familiar with criminal law. A lawyer will carefully analyze your needs and come up with a strategy to maximize your defense.
#2: Talking to Police
You are entitled to be informed of the charges that are being levied against you. Information is a critical aspect of criminal investigations and prosecutions. When you speak to the police without a lawyer present, you risk giving them details that can later be used against you during their investigation. You should exercise your right to remain silent and ask for your attorney to be present during any questioning.
#3: Talking to Others About the Charges Against You
Criminal allegations carry many prejudices and challenges that you will have to deal with. Sadly, the public is quick to judge people accused of a criminal offense. It is important to keep you case discreet, otherwise you might be answering questions about your accusation for years to come, even if you end up being found not guilty.
In addition to the issues above, the statements you make to other people can be used as evidence against you. Because of this, you should avoid talking about your criminal charges, even with friends and family members.
#4: Asking the Police for Advice
The police are not a neutral party. Their job is to collect as much evidence as possible to ensure you are convicted of the crime they are accusing you of. The advice they give you is not likely going to help your situation. Being a suspect changes the way you are viewed by police, so don’t let yourself be misled into making a decision that will benefit their case against you.
#5: Destroying Evidence
Sometimes people end up destroying or throwing out evidence that can make their defense stronger. Photographs, text message records, and other evidence in your case might be help you in the long run, so don’t destroy anything that can be evidence. While a skilled attorney might be able to use computer forensics to recover deleted data from computers and other electronic devices, they cannot recreate physical evidence that you have thrown out or destroyed. Consult with your attorney to determine what evidence will strengthen your defense.
Are you being accused of a criminal offense? Contact our Akron team of criminal defense attorneys to get started on your free consultation today.